Usually, your wisdom teeth only need to be extracted if your mouth does not have room for them. Some patients can keep their wisdom teeth, and simply allow them to erupt naturally.
However, if your mouth does not have room for your wisdom teeth, they may need to be extracted when they begin to erupt. Dr. Tran can examine your mouth and take x-rays of your jaw to see if you may need wisdom tooth extraction.
You may also need to have your wisdom teeth extracted if they do not erupt completely, and become “impacted.” Impacted wisdom teeth are prone to becoming infected, and can cause a number of other dental complications. If your wisdom teeth have begun coming in and you’re experiencing jaw pain and stiffness, bad breath, or an unpleasant taste in your mouth, contact Dr. Tran for a consultation to see if your wisdom teeth need to be removed.
If Dr. Victor Tran determines that your wisdom teeth must be extracted, you may be wondering what to expect from your appointment at Origin Dental.
If your wisdom teeth are not impacted, the extraction process is simple. Dr. Tran will clean and numb your mouth. Then, your tooth will be loosened and gently removed from your mouth. Then, the area will be disinfected and stitched shut to encourage proper healing.
If your wisdom teeth are impacted, however, a surgical extraction will be required. This surgery is relatively simple and sedation can be provided to help ease anxiety. Depending on the complexity of your case, Dr. Tran may need to refer you to an oral surgeon in Sorrento Valley.
There are a number of steps you should take after your wisdom teeth are extracted to ensure they heal properly. Dr. Tran will give you a comprehensive set of instructions to follow, so we’ll just discuss a few of the most important steps below.
First and foremost, avoid heavy exertion for at least 2-3 days after your teeth are removed. Exercising or doing any other strenuous physical activity could interfere with healing and cause bleeding and discomfort. Plan to take things easy for a few days after your treatment.
Additionally, do not spit forcefully or use straws for at least 24-48 hours after your treatment. Doing so could damage the blood clot forming in your extraction site, and cause a painful condition called “dry socket.” You also should not brush the extraction site directly for about 3 days. You can brush your other teeth normally, and use a saltwater rinse to clean your extraction site.
For the first 3-4 days after your treatment, you also should eat a diet of soft or liquid foods like smoothies, yogurt, applesauce, soup, and broth. Avoid very spicy foods, or foods that are very hot. They could cause discomfort. You can usually start incorporating solid foods back into your diet about 5-7 days after your extraction.
Most patients recover completely from wisdom teeth extractions within 1-2 weeks of the procedure. If you still feel significant pain, discomfort, or other symptoms after this time, contact Origin Dental for a follow-up appointment right away.